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critical British & World English

Expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgements

critical English Thesaurus

the safety committee produced a highly critical report

critical list British & World English

A list of those who are critically ill in hospital

critical mass British & World English

The minimum amount of fissile material needed to maintain a nuclear chain reaction

critical path British & World English

The sequence of stages determining the minimum time needed for an operation, especially when analysed on a computer for a large organization

self-critical British & World English

Critical of oneself or one’s actions in a self-aware or unduly disapproving manner

critical angle British & World English

The angle of incidence beyond which rays of light passing through a denser medium to the surface of a less dense medium are no longer refracted but totally reflected

critical period British & World English

A period during someone’s development in which a particular skill or characteristic is believed to be most readily acquired

critical point British & World English

A point on a phase diagram at which both the liquid and gas phases of a substance have the same density, and are therefore indistinguishable

critical state British & World English

The state of a substance when it is at the critical point, i.e. at critical temperature and pressure

critical theory British & World English

A philosophical approach to culture, and especially to literature, that considers the social, historical, and ideological forces and structures which produce and constrain it

critical volume British & World English

The volume occupied by a unit mass of a gas or vapour in its critical state

safety-critical British & World English

Designed or needing to be fail-safe for safety purposes

critical damping British & World English

Damping just sufficient to prevent oscillations

critical pressure British & World English

The pressure of a gas or vapour in its critical state

critical thinking British & World English

The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement

mission-critical British & World English

(Of hardware or software) vital to the functioning of an organization

critical temperature British & World English

The temperature of a gas in its critical state, above which it cannot be liquefied by pressure alone

critical path analysis British & World English

The mathematical network analysis technique of planning complex working procedures with reference to the critical path of each alternative system

subcritical British & World English

Below a critical threshold, in particular:

overcritical British & World English

Inclined to find fault too readily

hypercritical British & World English

Excessively and unreasonably critical, especially of small faults

supercritical British & World English

Above a critical threshold, in particular:

ultracritical British & World English

Extremely critical or judgemental

critical apparatus in apparatus British & World English

A collection of notes, variant readings, and other matter accompanying a printed text

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